The 2010 Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour will kick-start its fourth season in February at the Red Bull Compound, an exclusive, private training facility located deep in the mountains north of Los Angeles. For the first time in the history of Red Bull X-Fighters, riders will have to battle it out and earn their spots in the world’s most prestigious freestyle motocross series at the official Ranking Session.
Only the top four athletes from the 2009 season automatically qualified for the 2010 World Tour, leaving six spots up for grabs. The secured spots go to 2009 champion Nate Adams (USA), Robbie Maddison (AUS), Eigo Sato (JPN) and Mat Rebeaud (SUI). The Red Bull X-Fighters Ranking Session will be held at the Red Bull Compound between February 2 and February 10, where the greatest collection of the world’s best FMX athletes will battle it out for the additional six coveted spots on the World Tour.
Only 30 riders will be selected to participate in the Ranking Session. If you have not previously competed in a Red Bull X-Fighters, Dew Tour or X Games event and think you have what it takes to hang with the best FMX athletes in the world, submit a 90-second video of your best performance to www.redbullxfighters.com by December 1, 2009.
“I'm excited about being invited to compete in the Red Bull X-Fighters championship again in 2010,” said Maddison. “X-Fighters has the best riders in the world throwing down the gnarliest runs in the most amazing locations around the world. I know the level will be higher again this year, so I'm busy learning fresh stuff for the new comp season.”
The world’s premier, most-progressive freestyle motocross series demands a high degree of skill, as indicated by the minimum requirement needed to qualify for the Ranking Session: “You’ll need to have at least one backflip combination in your portfolio,” said Tour Director Tes Sewell.
Another new milestone for the 2010 Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour will include two wildcard entries at each stop to complete the field of the tour, which will start in April and run to September at spectacular, iconic locations across the globe, which will be announced shortly.
Courage, talent and self-confidence are the key ingredients, as 17-year-old Levi Sherwood of New Zealand demonstrated last year. After defending champion Mat Rebeaud was sidelined with an injury, he discovered the talented young Kiwi rider, and Sherwood, now known as the “Rubber Kid,” paid Rebeaud back by knocking him out of the competition a few days later on his way to winning the 2009 season opener in Mexico City.
For more info, check out the official Red Bull X-Fighters site.